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SUMMER 2019 

FAMLF 131 (Click here to go to the Resource page).    

* Sect #1310  Tues, Thurs:  8:45 - 11:20  

*Classes meet in Muir 160 (West)

 ***  Summer 2019 SYLLABUS - updated

+ Link to textbook online study tools:  Log in under "student resources"; review flashcards with terms, concepts, and definitions; and review quizzes. 


WEEK 3:  5/21 and 5/23   

*** Read Chap 2, "How We Study The Family": Terms & concepts: p. 43/"Family Systems Theory"; p 46, "Race";p 49, "Attachment Theory", "Internal working model"; "Bioecological Theory, pps. 51-55, and terms. Read over p. 71: Building Your Stengths; improving Critical Thinking". *** There may be a quiz on terms!

Here is link (click) to "Sunshine" documentary: follow these steps...1) Click: "Child Dev/FamLife Video Streaming Channels", 2) Click:  "Family Life", 3) type in FAMLF (in caps) for passcode. Click on "Sunshine". If you cannot access this link, please email instructor.

Reflection questions: After viewing "Sunshine", please write/type half-page reflection of Karen's family story. Did it change your perspective about a family story?What concepts or issues presented in the film resonated with you or your experiences? What did you observe, or perhaps hear, from Karen or another family member that enhanced your perpsective? Changed your views? Affirmed your beliefs? Explain your response and where your thinking comes from, i.e., past experiences,  lessons learned from parents, partners, etc. Was there one person in the film that you could easily relate to? Explain how or why. Please do not give me opinions or judgments; reflect on why you think about the film's story, and keep your statements in "first person" language.  "I have experienced...", or "I can relate to...", etc. Do not use "You or Your" statements. 

For Review:

*** Read through Chap 1: "The Changing American Family", with attention to Family Structures versus Family Processes (pp 7-14). Review definitions of terms and concepts; review Power Point.


 The Wisdom of Fred Rogers...

"There is no normal life that is free of pain. It's the very wrestling with our problems that can be the impetus for our growth".                                                    


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Welcome to FAMILY LIFE 131! 










Professor Karen Wells with Mom, son and two granddaughters; photo taken June 2004, 5 months before her Mom died.

What is Family? What is a generation? What is your family of origin? Of procreation? Does everyone have a family?  And who gets to tell the story of the family?  There is a great quote that may be anonymous, but Sesame Street of PBS thrives with these words: "A child's story is yet to be told".

The Family Life 131 course embraces the paradigm of the family "story", its identification and composition, and its evolving structure in today's American society. MJC's Family & Consumer Science Division and Professor Wells invite the students to participate with a willingness to look closely at other perspectives while giving credence to their own experiential knowledge of the family story. It is hoped to be a most worthwhile learning endeavor here at MJC.  Welcome!

 Three Rules for Daily Happiness!